The 2019 Late Harvest Viognier offers beautiful honeyed aromas of citrus, nectarine and orange blossom. A smooth, viscous texture is layered with luscious flavors of pear, golden apple and soft stone fruits with a kiss of spice. A lingering yet measured sweetness carries the finish, exquisitely buttressed by palpable acidity and a striking sense of balance.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures ripe flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. Our Viognier is planted to two small blocks totaling just under four acres. Here, sandy riverbed soils foster vivid aromatics in our Viognier fruit, while the persistent Pacific breezes help maintain vibrant acidity right through full maturity. Tight 6x3 vine spacing ensures that yields are kept in check for the sake of natural flavor intensity.
To produce this wine, Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi reserved select vineyard rows for late-harvest treatment, allowing the clusters to hang on the vines until November 13—by which point they had reached an average sweetness of 36 Brix. After hand harvesting and immediate pressing, the juice was settled, racked and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation was arrested at 10 Brix to ensure an optimal level of natural sweetness while retaining sufficient acidity for balance and elegance. Prior to bottling, the wine was aged for eight months in stainless steel for full maturation and integration.
Introducing our inaugural Late Harvest Viognier from the Brick Barn estate—a passion project from Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi and a delectable wine to share with any dessert.
Food Pairing Notes
BBQ Peaches & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream